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As mandatory social distancing measures seem likely to stretch on for weeks more in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many of the major events on the social calendar for Maine during the spring and early summer have been canceled already. But organizers of some other events are opting to wait and see what happens.
Health Equity Alliance, a statewide public health organization that has organized Bangor Pride for the past few years, took the early step of postponing Bangor’s Pride celebrations — which were scheduled for June 20-27— to August. The Portland Pride board of directors made a similar call around the same time, also postponing June events to August.
Whitney Parrish, director of advocacy and communications for Health Equity Alliance, said postponing Pride was the only choice organizers could have made, given the circumstances. Especially since HIV and AIDS, which weaken the immune system, continue to disproportionately affect LGBTQ communities.
“[It became] the clear path forward as we factor in the vulnerabilities of our community and the intensifying, constantly evolving global crisis at hand,” said Parrish. “Many in our community live with immunocompromising and underlying conditions and have loved ones who are at high risk of complications with infection.”
In addition to sports events at all levels, many other large events statewide remain up in the air for May and June. Waterfront Concerts and State Theatre Presents, both of which book concerts at venues including the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Thompson’s Point in Portland and both the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, have canceled or postponed all of their shows through the end of April.